OBITUARY

John Lawrence Hubisz

June 6, 1938March 6, 2018

John Lawrence Hubisz, 79, of Fuquay Varina, NC, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 06, 2018.

John was born June 6, 1938 in Salem, MA to the late John Lawrence Hubisz, Sr, and Mary Agnes Fleming Hubisz. He joined the NC State Department of Physics in 1993 as a visiting physics professor, recently retired.

Professor Hubisz received his PhD in 1968 from York University and the Centre for Research in Experimental Space Science, Toronto, Ontario.

At NCSU, his research centered on physics education. Along with Professor Gould, he carried out a study of errors in middle school science texts, which was covered by the NY Times, USA Today, and Reader's Digest, in addition to other news media in the U.S. and abroad. In connection with this work, he was interviewed by ABC, CBS, NBC, and the Fox network.

He was president of the American Association of Physics Teachers in 2001; was named Hewlett Fellow, 1997-1999; and received the NC State Alumni Outstanding Extension and Outreach Award in 2004. He was professor emeritus from College of the Mainland, Texas City, Texas after teaching physics there from 1970-1992.

John was ordained as a deacon on June 14, 1975, and was the longest serving deacon in the Raleigh Diocese. His most recent service was at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Apex.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Marilyn MacCaffrey; brother, James Hubisz; and daughter-in-law, Kathy Campbell.

John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jola Griffith Hubisz; daughters: Shelly Hubisz and Francie Seymour (Mike); sons: Myke Hubisz and Billy Hubisz (Donzetta); sisters: Martie Verlander, Mary Fraser; brothers: Joseph, Jan Peter, Jeremy and Jeoff Hubisz; grandchildren: Cory, Joshua, Darian, Sebastian, Nicole and Tisha; and great grandchildren, Ember and Josh.

The family will have a viewing for friends and family from 1-2:15pm Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 625 Magdala Place, Apex, NC 27502. A Funeral Mass will follow immediately at 2:30pm. Inurnment in the church columbarium will follow at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church.

Condolences may be sent to www.ApexFuneral.net

  • FAMILY

  • John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jola Griffith Hubisz; daughters: Shelly Hubisz and Francie Seymour (Mike); sons: Myke Hubisz and Billy Hubisz (Donzetta); sisters: Martie Verlander, Mary Fraser; brothers: Joseph, Jan Peter, Jeremy and Jeoff Hubisz; grandchildren: Cory, Joshua, Darian, Sebastian, Nicole and Tisha; and great grandchildren, Ember and Josh. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lawrence Hubisz, Sr, and Mary Agnes Fleming Hubisz; sister, Marilyn MacCaffrey; brother, James Hubisz; and daughter-in-law, Kathy Campbell.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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Laura Harper

April 3, 2018

Jola - I am so sorry to learn of John's passing. You and your family have my deepest condolences. I was with my son in Bloomington, IN, when I got the sad news via FB. Griff had just had surgery. I will write you soon but wanted to post here. I regret that I haven't seen much of you and John over the years. I suspect that as an opinionated progressive myself, John & I may not have always agreed on certain issues, but I admire him for his essential goodness & kindness & his dedication to helping others & to advancing science education. I'm glad his library will find a good home. I know you are dealing with your loss with your innate faith, dignity, and strength. I'm glad that you & John made such a good life together & for your children for so many years. You both have been such a blessing to so many.
Love,
Your cousin Laura

ROBERT KENNEDY

March 14, 2018

JOLA:
I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF JOHN'S DEATH. HE WAS A WONDERFUL MAN. I HAD MANY A GOOD MEETING WITH HIM AND WILL MISS HIM, THE LORD GOT A FINE FRIEND.
BEST WISHES
BOB KENNEDY

Linda Johnson

March 14, 2018

Deacon John was such a joy. I have fond memories of his love and smiling face at Shrine of the True Cross in Dickinson, TX. May God bless his soul and comfort his family.

With love,
Linda Johnson

chris gould

March 14, 2018

Dear Jola,

So sorry to hear the news of John, and regret I couldn't be with you at the funeral.

So many pleasurable memories of John during his time at NC State. Thanks for recalling the Packard Foundation middle school science text study. John deserves all the credit - totally his work, relying on his attention to detail and his huge collection of physics books (quite something to visit his library!) He was editor of the new books column in The Physics Teacher for many years. It was always a pleasure to read his mini-reviews.

John had definite opinions as you know - Al Gore and global warming in particular! - but was always so congenial in discussions. Your photo is exactly how I remember John! And who wouldn't enjoy being picked up in his gigantic Lincoln Continental for a ride down to the John Locke foundation meetings.

When he came to NC from Texas one of the first things he said was "why does't NC have a local American Association of Physics Teachers chapter?" At the time we were part of a large mid-Atlantic group. So he went to work to form an NC chapter, generated all the interest, and was the first President. And here we are, still going strong decades later. On the side he also found time to be a mentor to chess teams in some of the local schools.

Many thanks to both of you for how much you've contributed to the life and vitality of the NC State community and our local community.

Chris Gould
Emeritus Professor of Physics
NC State University

Emmeline Dodd

March 14, 2018

Jola, I feel so privileged to have had both of you in my life. John was a great man, and memories of him , his accomplishments and his sense of humor will remain with me always. Loved his intelligence and his smile. God bless and keep you.

Gordon Gonzalez

March 14, 2018

We met John, Jola and their children when he was the deacon for Queen of Peace in La Marque, Texas. He was a tireless servant giving his time and effort to serving God, his church, his students and his parishioners. In our case, during the Christmas break of 1986, he graciously tutored our daughter in physics when she was attending Texas A& M. We enjoyed his homilies, especially when he would draw his moral and ethical lessons from J R R Tolkien’s books The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings. The world has lost wonderful man, father and servant of the Lord.

William (Bill) Tucci

March 12, 2018

The Hubisz Family,

The Physics community lost a true champion, John was an inspiration to us all.

Sincerely,

Bill Tucci
NCDPI Section Chief Retired
Vance Granville CC Physics Instructor Retired

Robert Handy

March 12, 2018

I worked with John at College of the Mainland and admired him greatly, as well as his wife Jola. I trust the family will accept my sincere condolences.

Kate & Rob Bartos

March 10, 2018

Our heartfelt condolences to John's family. We know John from our church as our deacon and Santa Claus. To say John will be missed is only half the story. He was a big part of our parish and we looked forward to seeing him every week and having our conversations. Our church will surely be emptier without him. God bless.

Lois and Richard Codair

March 9, 2018

So sorry to hear about our old friend Johnny Hubisz. Richard went to 8 yrs of grammar school at St. John' s , Peabody, MA and freshman year at St. John's PREP with him. He was Lois' (Amaral) neighbor on Northend Street and remembers him for his dancing skills at the St. Thomas CYO dances on Friday nights. Not surprising to us to read of the wonderful experiences he enjoyed throughout his life. He was an exceptional person. Our condolences go out to his family at this sad time..